ACC Archived News - October 2010

Asian Games - Three Days Sold Out Already

Within hours of tickets being made available, the first two days of the Asian Games cricket – Saturday November 13 and Sunday November 14, along with Sunday November 21 - have been sold out at Guanggong Cricket Stadium. The first weekend of matches take in the women’s event, with games between China and Malaysia, Japan v Nepal, Pakistan and Thailand, Bangladesh and Hong Kong. The second Sunday marks the start of the men’s event with China taking on Malaysia and Hong Kong playing Nepal.
Afghanistan Trialling U-19s

Afghanistan, who won through with Hong Kong to play in the ICC U/19 World Cup in New Zealand earlier this year, have started their campaign to qualify for the U/19 World Cup in February 2012 in Argentina.

500 aspiring players turned up in Kabul this week, from all over the country, to be welcomed by a speech from Afghanistan Cricket Board CEO Hamid Shinwari, pledging a fair selection process before being put through their paces.
Myanmar Get A Ground

The Myanmar Cricket Federation has received government approval to build a dedicated cricket ground. The venue at Saw Pong, 15 kilometres from the centre of Yangon, is a former football ground. “It has a good water supply with a river next to it, and with improvements in stages should end up in being a full-sized international ground,” says ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura, who inspected the site earlier this year.
China Deep In Preparation

Home nation China are preparing for the Asian Games in Guangzhou next month at a special camp deep in the Guangdong Province countryside, 160 kilometres from Guangzhou. “It has been hard, grinding, repetitive work for the men’s and women’s teams. Rashid Khan, Mamatha Maben, Monjurul Islam and the Chinese coaches have been doing all kinds of drills and fine-tuning as the Games get near,” says ACC Development Officer for China Aminul Islam.
Afghanistan's Grounds Grow

It has been the ambition of the Afghanistan administrators for a number of years to embed cricket into the fabric of the country, and spread it beyond the regions bordering Pakistan. Afghanistan is now to have at least one cricket ground in all of its 34 provinces within the next two years, says Afghanistan Cricket Board Chairman Dr. Omar Zakhilwal. Outside of the ground development funds made available by the ACC and ICC, US$1.1 million is being given by United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Alongside these funds, individuals across the country are being encouraged to support cricket and a number are coming forward with parcels of land and financial backing.
Asian Games Competition Schedule

The Guangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee (GAGOC) have accepted the schedule drawn up by the Asian Cricket Council for the Men’s and Women’s Twenty20 matches at the XVIth Asian Games in November.

The Men’s Event features nine teams – China, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – and starts on November 21. The three Test-playing countries and Afghanistan are seeded and will play the top two qualifiers from the remainder at a knock-out stage, starting on November 24, with the Final on November 26, the penultimate day of the Games. The Women – China, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan and Thailand – start playing on November 13, the day after the Games’ Opening Ceremony, with the Final on November 19.

All matches will be played at the brand new Guanggong International Cricket Stadium, China’s first turf facility. It has a seating capacity of 15,000.
Kabir Khan To Coach UAE

Former Pakistan international Kabir Khan is to be the next coach of the UAE, replacing former England international Colin Wells. “I have agreed to take over as UAE coach on a three-year deal and my target will be to help the team to the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in 2012,” said Kabir Khan from his home in Peshawar. He joins UAE after the end of a successful spell with Afghanistan and it is the second time he takes charge in the Emirates, having been there for a short period in 2007, during which the UAE won ICC World Cricket League Division 2.
Teens Keen To Be Seen

“We’ve been practising indoors, in the early mornings, in the nights,” says one of the Kuwait U-19 cricketers who, fresh from a meeting with their royal patron Sheikha Naeema Al-Sabah. Kuwait, in captain Siobhan Gomez and all-rounder Priyada Murali have two of the cricketers in the ACC U-19 Women’s Championship in Singapore who are expected to shine. They performed well in the 2008 edition of this event, and join a number of familiar faces from other ACC women’s tournaments.
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